CCTP-692-01 Privacy, Security and the "Digital" Trust
Spring for 2009-2010
Our era bears witness to a set of powerful trends: pervasively easy communications enabled by technology; globalization of economies and institutions; and digitization of society's most critical infrastructures. As these trends manifest themselves, civilized society is forced to grapple with the security and privacy implications. Seminar participants will read widely in a quest to understand the historical underpinnings of society's approach to privacy and security law, policy and norms. We will review the fundamental policy and legislative frameworks that guide US and global approaches to privacy and security. We will debate vigorously the sufficiency of these frameworks and models to serve in the context of rapid and fundamental change -- for example, what does using Facebook and other social networks do to privacy and personal security, and existing laws? What do government efforts to secure cyberspace mean for individual privacy? How can organizations work to keep individuals' trust while collecting and using increasing amounts of information on a global basis? Taught by a global privacy and security practitioner and thought leader, this seminar will fuse real-world insights with history, policy and theory.
Students will research and write two original papers, at least one of which will be suitable for publication if desired. We will take advantage of Georgetown's location and have several prominent experts speak with us during the semester.
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